Checkerboard Midi Locker DIY with Mustard x Cricut
We're a little bit partial to the checkerboard aesthetic. It pairs beautifully with our lovely rectangular lockers (there's something very satisfying about that geometry!)
Checkerboard prints, rugs and homewares go so well with Mustard Made lockers, so we wondered what it'd look like if the locker itself had a bit of that chessboard flavor. It turns out it's delicious! The pink and red combo has got us all *heart eyes*, but the color possibilities are truly endless!
Through the magic of Cricut, we've created a downloadable template customized exactly to the size and shape of a Midi. Now you can DIY your own checkerboard-framed locker!
What you need:
Step by step:
Using your laptop, desktop, phone or tablet, import our downloadable checkerboard template into the Cricut Design Space app. We've made this design exactly the right size for the edges of a Midi (and the file has been arranged with the squares tightly positioned to minimize vinyl waste). Once set up, load your vinyl into the Cricut machine. The Maker 3 is great because you don't need a cutting mat, it can cut a long stretch of material in one go.
Using the weeding tool, carefully remove the negative space to reveal the squares.
Cut the checkerboard designs into smaller, individual strips. The top, sides and bottom are all slightly different sizes, so make sure you keep track of which is which (we've labeled this on the design file!) Apply Transfer Tape over the vinyl, using the scraping tool to ensure the application is smooth, with no air bubbles. Slow and steady is usually the best method here!
Start with the top strip. Remove the backing from the vinyl and position the strip along the front of your locker, it should go from left to right. When you're happy with the position, press the design down and slowly work across the surface with the scraper tool.
Apply the two side strips next, starting at the bottom of the locker. The design should be flush with the bottom edge and finish a little bit short (one square's width) of the top.
Finish with the bottom strip, which you'll need to position in the center of the locker.
Peel off the Transfer Tape (you can save this to reuse it a few more times).
For added spice, try mixing up the colors of the keyrings! Voila, now enjoy your ever-so-fancy Midi in all her glory.